U.S.A. / 1973
Through her depiction of a close friendship between two Black women in rural Ohio, Toni Morrison brought forth important questions of sisterhood and women's roles in society.
Hauntingly beautiful prose and a robust use of setting and language help to intensify this novel's potentially blasé subject matter. Morrison's gift for characterization helps turn the tender and fraught relationship between Sula and Nel into an important lesson on the value of maintaining women friends under the strongholds of racist and patriarchal oppression. Sula is a testament to the ability that interpersonal relationships have to provide relief from systemic structures of power. Better yet, it is one of not very many novels that are purely about friendship between Black women.